The Public Works Department provides maintenance for City streets, including minor blacktop repair, curb-to-curb snow removal and dead animal removal, and is responsible for storm water collection. Traffic control activities such as street markings, signals and signs are the responsibility of the Engineering Department.
2014-15 Snow Removal
A shortage of road salt and the related price increase is prompting many public agencies in the Midwest to reassess their snow and ice control measures this winter.
In Miamisburg the City is prepared to take steps that will conserve its supply of road salt. According to City Manager Keith Johnson, this may include limiting the use of salt to main thoroughfares.
The safety of motorists will still be our top priority, and well have trucks and drivers out round the clock as needed throughout the winter, Johnson said. However, we want residents to know that the cost and availability of salt may prompt some changes in our procedures. If it is the type of winter like weve experienced in recent years, we may have to make conservation a priority.
Johnson said its possible that the City will reduce or discontinue the use of salt on residential streets, although plowing of these streets will continue as usual.
Salt companies are reportedly struggling to replenish their stockpiles and keep up with demand. As a result, lesser quantities have been available for purchase. But after last years prolonged and severe winter weather, government buyers are anxious about a possible sequel and their ability to respond adequately. The City of Miamisburg sought to buy 3,500 tons in the fall as part of a regional consortium called Southwest Ohio Purchasing for Government (SWOP4G), but was able to secure only 1,100 tons. There is also no guarantee that more salt will be available for purchase in this region later in the winter. Miamisburg begins the winter with approximately 2,700 tons of road salt on hand, and last year crews used 4,000 tons.
SWOP4G solicits bids for road salt annually, and this years low bid was $112 per ton submitted by North American Salt. This compares with the 2013 price of $51.94 per ton. After reviewing other purchasing alternatives, Miamisburg ultimately paid $99 per ton for its recent acquisition.